Tuesday, 3 June 2014

ARC Review: The Deep (The Island #3) By Jen Minkman

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21421559-the-deep?from_search=trueGoodreads Synopsis:
‘The world is never-ending.
I never realized just how much space there is – how far and wide the water around our island stretches out. Somewhere in the back of my mind, I may have believed that a second Wall ran around Tresco, containing the infinite waters so we wouldn’t all wash over the edge and plummet down into the depths.’
Leia and Walt are on their way to the Other Side, where the legendary land of Cornwall awaits them. Tony, their new friend, has told them that all wars of the past have been forgotten and the citizens of Bodmin and Dartmoor live in peace. People adhere to the tenets of an old religion that preaches forgiveness and non-violence.
However, Walt and Leia soon discover that even a peace-loving, ideal society like this one may have its flaws. While on a forbidden trip to Exeter, the old city of their ancestors, the two Islanders discover more about the new world than they ever bargained for.
Secrets run dark and passions run deep in this thrilling conclusion to the Island novella series.

***(I received the ARC eBook free as a review copy from the author in exchange for an honest review)***

The second I saw the synopsis for The Island which is the first book I knew I would love the series. It was simple as that and I was not wrong. There was no apprehension for the final instalment because all Minkman’s decisions including the one to basically re-write The Island from a different POV, a decision which could have easily gone terribly wrong being repetitive, actually worked; and it always stayed true to the characters.

This is also true for The Deep because every twist and turn within the plot flowed smoothly together with the characters holding it up. As it was a full length novel rather than a novella like first anticipated, you connected much more to the characters after seeing them develop in The Waves and they sucked you into their stories.

It did feel much more like multiple plot lines all connected through the bigger picture, but it meant that if you didn’t particularly like a specific character you could overlook it and focus on the others, and what’s surprising is that you didn’t need to do that; even the “bad” characters *cough*Saul*cough* play a deeper role and you never know you might find yourself changing your opinions of them too…

The plot itself follows the events after The Explorer’s departure for the mysterious lost world and has so many surprises. I think Jen Minkman has been holding out on us because before while we had plenty of major revelations there was no standout cliff-hanger moments which I think it’s fair to say she made up for it in The Deep. Even the end which isn’t an official cliffhanger left a lot to be said, and while there’s no solid rumour for another instalment it seems to be a possibility. After all The Island was only meant to be a standalone and look where it stands now.
Favourite Quotes:
“If clear rules are in place, people feel safe. Make the rules too strict and they’ll feel trapped though.” 

“One day, he will be able to smile again. And I will still be there for him.” 

“Why is life so difficult?” I sob. (…)
“I don’t know. But I do know it’s more bearable if you’re not alone.” 

“I don’t like asking nicely,” he says.
“Why not?”
“Because people might say no.” 

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